Juli's Gluten Free Pasta Salad

My friend, Juli, over at Pandemonium Noshery has so many great recipes to share with people from around the globe. This is one of her own unique creations, though, that she was kind enough to share with us. Looks delicious!

Have you ever hear anyone say "Necessity is the mother of all invention"? This recipe is proof of that. I had little left in the house one night and didn't want to make a late night trip to the store the night before a long day out but I also didn't want to leave my kids and my friend who was watching them with nothing to eat. And so I threw together what I had and hoped for the best. Since then I have made it quite a few times because we loved it so much.

Gluten free pasta, at least the kind I am familiar being made with different ingredients doesn't react the same way as wheat pasta. Instead of making the penna the night before and chilling I make right before and use water to cool to toss with the salad to keep the pasta from getting a dry and weird texture.

Juli's Gluten Free Pasta Salad

1/4 c. olive oil
3 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 - 2 cloves garlic, minced
2 - 3 Tbsp. Hard cheese
2 sliced green onions
1 tsp. oregano
Dash black pepper
Salt to taste
1/2 tsp. honey

1/2 lb gluten free penna pasta
2 chicken breasts, fillet, season, cook, chill OR leftovers
10 oz. greens, foraged or bagged


1. Whisk together all of the salad dressing ingredients and let sit at least 30 minutes. I made mine the night before for an easy and quick dinner the next day. I also cooked the chicken the night before.

2. Cook the gluten free pasta in lightly salted water until cooked and rinse under cold water to chill. Toss the greens, pasta, dressing, and additional cheese if using and enjoy!

If you don't use dairy, try replacing the hard cheese in this recipe with a tablespoon or so nutritional yeast or use vegan parmesan cheese, either homemade or store bought.

What is your favorite way to make pasta salad? What do you put in yours?
Do you have any great recipes that you threw together by necessity that ended up becoming a staple in your house?

Penniless Parenting

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  1. Although I tried the pasta salad recipe (admittedly I was using wheat pasta). I am not a big fan of this dish. However, the referral to Pandemonium Noshery led me to several good ideas. I actually already made the Maqluba (amazing) and the recipe for Middle Eastern Yogurt Pasta is on my radar, since those things are always in my house. Kudos for connecting good friends with new friends!

    1. I'm sorry to hear you didn't enjoy this recipes as much as we do but I appreciate the compliments on other recipes!

  2. What kind of GF pasta did you use?

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